Public Home Birth Program Policy

Applicable to: All Health Service Providers


The Public Home Birth Program Policy sets out the mandatory requirements to ensure maternal and newborn services are safe, integrated, effective and responsive to the individual needs of women and their babies when having a planned home birth under the WA health system Public Home Birth Program. 

The Policy should be read in conjunction with the MP 0058/71 Admission Policy.   

This Policy is a mandatory requirement under the Clinical Services Planning and Programs Policy Framework pursuant to section 26(2)(c) of the Health Services Act 2016

This Policy supersedes OD 0482/13 WA Health Policy for publicly funded Home Births including guidance for consumers, health professionals and health services (Revised October 2013).

Date of effect: 10 August 2020

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